How to be More Successful: Harvard Research Reveals A Fun Way To Do It

How to be More Successful: Harvard Research Reveals A Fun Way To Do It

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“A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.”
People are using this to reach their TRUE goals.

Chances are you want to be more successful.

Chances are you realise success takes a lot of work.

Chances are you wish there was a scientifically proven method that made success a little bit more… fun.

Well, Shawn Achor, bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage, studied for years at Harvard to try and find just that, and his solution was incredibly interesting.

What’s even crazier than is results is that his cutting edge research is incredibly similar to many ideas in the Philosophy of Stoicism.

He gave a TED talk which accumulated over 20 MILLION views.

And was even interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.

When most people do research they ignore the outliers and study the trend.

What makes Shawn so interesting is that during his research he would ignore the trend and only study the outliers.

“Instead of deleting those people that are weirdos in the data what we do is we intentionally study them. We try and find out why it is that while an entire sales force has low numbers, we’re finding three or four people whose sales are skyrocketing. Or we’re looking at a low socioeconomic school in Chicago, where the academic scores are below average, there are a couple students whose grades are skyrocketing. By studying those outliers, what we’re doing is we’re gleaning information not on how to move subpar performers up toward that average point, but how to move people from average to superior.” – Shawn Achor

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After years of Harvard research, Shawn came to conclusion that success doesn’t bring happiness – happiness brings success.

Shawn’s research proved that there are four things that will make you happier. And being happier will make you more successful.

1. Realise that Success Doesn’t Bring Happiness.
My parents tell me the story about how I sat in front of the TV mesmerised by the advert for the new Xbox games console. It was better, faster and newer than the old one – it even had a wireless controller! I begged and begged my parents to buy me it and when they refused I made it my goal to buy it with my own money.

I spent the next few months doing extra chores and saving my pocket money so I could buy it. It was all I could think about. All I needed was the new Xbox and then I would be happy.

Two months later I had enough money.

I rushed to the nearest GAME store.

I proudly handed over my money and bought the brand new games console.

As I ran home I treasured what I thought was the cure to all of my problems.

When I unboxed it and started playing I realised I was right! All my problems were gone and I was completely happy…

For a week or so. After that I started dreaming about the next biggest thing.

You may laugh at my naivety but we’ve all fallen prey to similar thoughts:

I’ll be happy when I earn X amount
I’ll be happy when I lose 10 pounds
I’ll be happy when I buy a new car
You see, due to something called the Hedonic Treadmill we return to our default level of happiness soon after something external increases or decreases out level of happiness.

This is not even a new theory – 2,000 years ago philosophers came to the same conclusion:

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” — Seneca

Shawn’s research supported this further: